Obituary Note: Dr. Zhores Ivanovich Alferov, A Russian Physicist and Nobel Laureate

We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of our NanoWorld Journal Advisory Board Member Dr. Zhores I. Alferov on March 01, 2019. Dr. Alferov died at a Hospital in St. Petersburg due to cardiopulmonary failure at the age of 88. We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Dr. Alferov was born in Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union on March 15, 1930. In 1952, he graduated from V. I. Ulyanov (Lenin) Electrotechnical Institute in Leningrad and started working at Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1953. He received Candidate of Sciences in Technology, and Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics scientific degree in 1961 and 1970 respectively from the institution.

After 1962 he started to work in the area of semiconductor heterostructures and received Nobel prizes in 2000 along with other two American physicists on “For developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed- and optoelectronics” which are been used in satellite communications and cellular telephones. When Dr. Alferov received the Nobel Prize he was the director of A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute in St. Petersburg. He later became chairman of the Russian Academy of Science’s nanotechnology committee.

It is a great loss for the scientific community with the decease of Dr. Alferov. His research contribution for his pioneering work with technology which is used in everything cannot be ignored. We are fortunate to be associated with him since the launch of NanoWorld Journal. Dr. Alferov will always be remembered for the words “All that was made by human beings, in principle, was made due to science” said while accepting his Nobel Prize.

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